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Today's "non workout" workout . . .

Sunday, July 26, 2009

In keeping with my recent run of being "too busy or too tired" to do my structured workouts, today I too up the tast of trying to tackle one of the trees I had cut down last week and cut up and stacked by my wood crib. Firewood doesn't split it's self, and there's no wood-splitting ferries that pop in at night and do it for ya (at least none have visited MY house, anyway), and though winter's still a few months off, I decided to get as much done today as I could, and then tackle some more of my rock retaining wall tomorrow (no rock wall ferries have visited my home either . . . ).
This is after about an hour of swingin' the ax and maul:

And here's my trusty tools. I use a plastic handled ax (after breaking several wooden ones), and a steel 12 pound splitting maul (after breaking several smaller wood-handles ones). These tools have held up well for me for a few years now.

And here we are after about 5 or 6 hours of playin' Paul Bunyan.

And THEN I had to stack it all in the crib. Finished at about 9:30 pm tonight. Long day. Tired, and sore. BUT, there's a HUGE difference between THIS year, and LAST year. Last year I could only do this kinda work for an hour or two at a time, and had to wear a back support. And even then, I'd be in agony when I got done, and chocking down the Advil for the next couple days.
Right now I feel pretty good. Tired and sore, yes, but in a GOOD way. And I can already tell tomorrow I'll be fine doing "The Wall" all day. Alomst looking forward to it . . . . (almost).

Hope your workouts have been paying these kinds of dividends!
Take Care, and thanks for sharing your time with me.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DDOORN 7/26/2009 9:46PM

    Wow...HUGE effort, I can tell!

Used to split would when I lived at home with my parents...aeons ago!

Had a buddy who LOVED splitting wood as a way of "working things out" always knew when he was stewing about something...the wood pile would grow and!


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BIGGIRL2082010 7/26/2009 7:35AM

    Rick, I don't think you have ANYTHING to worry about with the exercise - this is intense strength training at its best! Hits the chset, arms and back, and pretty much full body because you're standing, swinging, etc. - core work too! :)

Sounds like the 70-miler on the bike was a "rest" day compared to this! :)

When's the race (the 150 miler, I mean)? You'll be FINE!

Summer's short - make the MOST of it! :)


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S318830 7/26/2009 2:43AM

    Holy cow! And no need for Advil this time? Seriously??? I'm in pretty darned good shape too, and I can't imagine splitting logs for 5 or 6 hours! Yikes! You rock!

35 mins of lap swimming has my arms feeling it a little, and you swung an axe for 5+ hours?

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